Let's start back at the beginning so everyone can realize how easily they too could be in this exact situation. On Monday my husband, adult son, and myself went to work like we do every day. My husband had previously been on a job in Kansas City but was asked to assist on a different job Monday. Being an electrician this in not uncommon to move from job to job and help where needed. The apprentice he was assigned to him for the day had just returned from a trip to South Padre Island. Several electricians and pipe fitters worked throughout the day closely on the job in small areas, ate lunch together, and took other breaks together. After work the young man began feeling ill and took a visit to his mom's medical office. The young man had a high temperature.
Now here is where I have my issue with the young man. He could have easily called several of the guys on the job that day and let them know after he visited his mom's office. Had he done so, several of the guys could have let others in their homes know what the situation was. Precautions could have been taken to seperate possible infected persons. Instead he waited until almost 9 pm. Yes 9pm! By this time, everyone he had worked with that day had spent the evening with their families.
Hearing my husband read the texts from the young man about possibly having the Coronavirus and trying to get tested the following day, I begin to evaluate what I should do. I had spent several hours by this time hanging out with my husband. I immediatly texted several of the upper management employees at the bank I work for. In my particular location we have several employees with underlining health issues. I believe my chances are low to have contracted the virus but what if? What if I did or will from my husband in a few days and I give it to the lady at work 8 months pregnant? What if I give it to the employee who has asthma? Taking precautions as they should I was asked to stay home until the young man was able to receive answers to why he was ill.
So yesterday during day one of quarantine, my husband and I got to get educated on just how hard it is to get tested. The young man first had to get tested for pretty much everything but the Coronavirus and all those tests come back negative before he could even be considered for the Coronavirus test. Now on top of having fever still this young man also has diabetes as an underlining health issue. Finally around 4 pm. the young man was able to travel to a neighboring community and receive the test. He was told he should receive the results in a few days.
Now back to us, so while he waits for his tests results there are around to 10-15 men that worked around the young man sitting at home unable to go to work. I am unsure if anyone else's spouses took the responsible approach and let their employers know that their spouses could have potentially been exposed to the virus but I hope they did. My adult son also let his employer know about the situation and was also asked to stay home until tests results were confirmed. I am glad our three employers took the situation serious.
Day one was not as glamorous as I would like to report. The morning started with me calling into a few meetings by cell phone and laptop. I did get some dusting done in our office, aka the extra bedroom in the house. I checked emails and texts from co-workers throughout the day. Then we all put together a puzzle and played monopoly to kill some time. Mt husband won the game and felt like a king. I feel like I need to constantly check my work emails and assist from home the best I can, so diving to deeply into anything else would not be practical. I did complete my taxes via TurboTax and finally get those submitted.
Maybe I will have something more exciting to report after day two.
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